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House‘s Exasperated Oncologist Heading Back to Broadway

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Robert Sean Leonard, best known for playing best buddy and foil to Hugh Laurie’s dyspeptic title character on FOX’s hit series House, M.D., will join the cast of a new Broadway revival of Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday, producers said today.

Leonard is not one of those “TV actors” who will have to prove his stageworthiness. Prior to House he had a very successful Broadway career, earning several Tony nominations and winning one a decade ago for his performance in The Invention of Love, Tom Stoppard’s play about poet A.E. Housman.

Leonard’s films include Dead Poets Society and The Age of Innocence. He’s played Dr. James Wilson on House since the show debuted in 2004.

In Born Yesterday Leonard will co-star with Jim Belushi and Nina Arianda. Previews start March 31, with opening night scheduled for April 24.

Photo by Aubrey Reuben, from Playbill.

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  • anon

    So is he done with House then, or is this something he could be doing in the break between season 7 and season 8?

  • Unclear! There wasn’t any word of how long his contract might be.

  • Frog

    I think it’s just something what he’ll doing in the break between seasons. The 7th season will be surely filmed. And it’s not like Wilson is in every scene or has big screen time anyway.

  • Jay

    Oh no, does this mean that House will not be renewed for another season?

  • No, it doesn’t mean that.

  • Grace

    I’m happy for RSL, but I hope this doesn’t mean that he will miss many episodes of
    [H]OUSE. I LOVE his character, Wilson, and it wouldn’t be the same without him as the BFF of House. He and Hugh Laurie are SO GREAT together!